If you can’t beat them, sue them?
That’s the route a former Los Angeles Rams employee is taking in the wake of a strange incident that happened during the Rams’ Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots in Atlanta.
Patriots defensive back Patrick Chung broke his arm in the third quarter and had to leave the Feb. 3 game.
Rams ticket executive Matthew Hogan then sent a text to his friend, Matthew Weymouth, in which he jokingly called Chung a “b—-,” TMZ Sports reported Thursday.
But Weymouth is more than just some random guy — he operates Chung’s social media accounts.
Weymouth proceeded to post screenshots of Hogan’s insult on Chung’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, TMZ reported.
That made it appear as though Hogan was taunting Chung directly and making light of Chung’s injury, which required surgery.
TMZ said Weymouth’s posts identified Hogan as a Rams employee and included the message: “This is disrespectful of you. I would never wish or say anything like this to anyone after they just broke their arm. You should be ashamed bro.”
Hogan said he was fired from his job with the Rams as a result.
Now he is suing Chung, Weymouth and other defendants for $1.75 million, per TMZ.
Hogan contends that the posts constitute defamation since neither Chung nor Weymouth disclosed that the text was never sent directly to Chung but the posts made it appear so.
According to TMZ, he says he has been unable to land a job elsewhere after being let go by the Rams and also has been harassed by fans of Chung.
Patriots’ Patrick Chung Sued Over Super Bowl Trash Talk https://t.co/r4rRiifbu5
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) March 28, 2019
In addition to surgery on his arm, Chung was slated to undergo shoulder surgery to clean up lingering issues he played with through the 2018 season.
He is expected to miss all of OTAs and return for training camp for what will be his 11th season in the league and 10th with the Patriots, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
Chung has been a part of New England’s three most recent Super Bowl victories and was one of the defensive captains last season along with Devin McCourty.
Chung is due $1.9 million in base salary next season and is locked up through the 2020 season.
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